How to uninstall SystemSpot adware?

Also Known As: Ads by SystemSpot
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove SystemSpot from Mac?

What is SystemSpot?

SystemSpot is an application, classified as both adware and a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). While it is promoted as a tool capable of enhancing the browsing experience (e.g. by providing fast searches, improved search results, etc.), instead this app diminishes it. SystemSpot adware delivers intrusive advertisements, which affect browsing and have harmful abilities. Its classification as a PUA, is due to the application's dubious proliferation techniques; in other words, most users download/install it unintentionally. Furthermore, most unwanted applications (adware types included) can track browsing-related data.

SystemSpot adware

SystemSpot displays a wide variety of intrusive adverts, like: pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons and many others. Advertisements of this type severely diminish browsing quality. They limit browsing speed and website visibility (by overlaying page content). However, they are far more than just a nuisance, these ads are also considered to be a threat to device/user safety. Once an intrusive advertisement is clicked, it redirects to sale-based, untrustworthy, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious webpages. What is more, when triggered (i.e. clicked) these adverts can execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without user permission. It is not uncommon for all adware-type apps to have data tracking abilities. They can record users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life details). The gathered data, which is likely to contain highly sensitive information, can then be shared with third parties (potentially cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for financial gain. To summarize, presence of unwanted software on systems can cause various infiltrations and infections, result in serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. Therefore, it is recommended to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SystemSpot
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Didnarbois.A), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.SearchExt.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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CentralRushSystemNotes and BenefitSites are a few examples of other adware. As mentioned, PUAs can infiltrate devices without user knowledge. However, they often appear legitimate and arouse no immediate suspicion. Hence, by being advertised as "useful" software with a broad range of "handy" features - they can trick users into downloading/installing it. Yet, these features rarely work as promised and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational. Functionality is irrelevant, when the only goal is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, PUAs can cause severe issues. Unwanted applications deliver intrusive ad campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious sites, hijack browsers and track private data.

How did SystemSpot install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to describe this false marketing tactic of packing unwanted or malicious software alongside regular apps. By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by skimming or ignoring terms, skipping steps, using presets, etc.) - users endanger devices with potential infiltrations and infections. Select PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive ads also proliferate these applications, when clicked on - they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research products, before download/installation. Only official and verified download channels should be used, as opposed to untrustworthy ones (e.g. free file hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders). The latter can offer dubious/malicious content disguised as and/or bundled with ordinary software. It is important to treat download/installation processes with caution. Therefore, users should read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive adverts look legitimate and innocuous, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable pages (e.g. pornography, gambling, adult-dating and many others). In case of encounters with such advertisements/redirects, it is strongly advised to inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with SystemSpot, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once pavadinimas installation is over:

pop-up displayed once pavadinimas installation is done

Screenshot of SystemSpot adware installation folder:

SystemSpot adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove SystemSpot adware using Combo Cleaner:

SystemSpot adware removal:

Remove SystemSpot-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ads by systemspot related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by SystemSpot removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by systemspot related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by systemspot related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by systemspot related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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